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What happened to our songs?


First we heard the song

Usually for such beautiful songs, the visualization would be bad. Excpecting that we saw the movie and was amazed.

It took us back to 1989 when Malayalam movie songs were filmed beautifully, like this one

Now a days we get scary stuff like this

or this

If we want to great dance, we would rather see this

So we went back and saw this again and again


  1. Its a shame that Malayalam cinema has gotten to be like this. The songs of the 80s and 90s were pictured so simply, but they meshed with the story line and plot. There were such beautiful songs back then too. Nowadays, a 100 dancers pop out from nowhere, as the hero and heroine are magically transported from their house in the village to some far off mountains. Not to mention the lack of good songs. I personally think the dance scenes, whether in tamil or malayalam are almost always completely unnecessary. Its possible to make entertaining or thought provoking movies without it, as they did in both languages in the past.

    Directors try so hard to make a film commerically successful in as little time as possible that they forget the script and sometimes, even direction itself. They fall for the commercial formula, and sadly, the audience accepts it. Some people say that they want to be entertained, but watching a hundred people dance out of nowhere and having a superstar scream dialogues at the top of his lungs is not the only way for a movie to be considered entertainment. And as a result, everything goes down with it. The worst part of the formula could be the item dance. When a director puts one of those in, it just proves that his story, characters, and direction are mediocre, and cannot stand alone.

    On top of that, we have terrible music to go with it. Mix all these ingredients together and we have a disaster for cinema in our hands.

  2. Most people who write these blogs are frozen in time and live in the past. General trend in all these blogs is to blame everything that is current and talk about golden old times. Guys, cultural taste vary with time. Accept that and move on. Current movies are meant for current younger generation not for oldies. During the 80s, the older people then were nostalgic of the golden age of sathyan, prem naseer and making fun of comedies of mohanlal etc.

  3. I think there is a valid point in Revathi’s reply. Although I agree partially with VC’s and George’s comment regarding the degrading path which Malayalam film songs/scenes are following, I don’t personally think it is correct to vehemently oppose all the modern song development and depiction. Each period and age has its own trademark style of song direction. Some times southern film industry got influence from other film industries or tried to imbibe their own contemporary styles in all the ages thereby catering to the public taste. We can’t always stick to the older styles of film making in this new era. You can’t blame it entirely on film makers. It is the gradual change happening all over the society. And moreover all the songs can’t be directed like ‘Pallitherundo’ style or showing the natural beauty of Kerala. We do need modern songs but there should be logic or an inherent film sense in that as George pointed out correctly.

    But it is true that sometimes the depiction has gone wayward (extremely intolerant) like annan thampi clip. Those kinds of songs are routine items in tamil/telugu industry. Blame it on them. Still when aforesaid songs and films get lukewarm response from the public the film makers should change. But sadly more and more people are joining the same herd.

    Offbeat note: A general trend in many VC topics – Why there is a bias against actor Dileep?

  4. Arun, good point. I agree that not all modern song development is bad.
    There should be a balance between everything, the old and the new.

  5. As someone born in the late 80s, I must disagree with Revathi. It is sad that young has become a synonym for ignorant, lazy and simple-minded, because many of us still do have better tastes. I really don’t know anyone over the age of 9 who would even compare Kangal Irandal with Shava Shava.

    I don’t think the standard in general is deteriorating too much though — It seems to me that it has just become quite a bit easier to make, and sell, bad (lazy) films, and as a result the good kind have become relatively scarce. I don’t complain that mindless comedies or thrillers are being made, just that there are too many of them. This perhaps was also true when, as Revathi suggests, people were nostalgic of the previous golden times!

  6. I don’t think the writer is blaming the trend as such, but the quality and originality. Of course the choreography elements, locales etc do demand a change, in these modern times, but to be honest
    – how many post-2000 malayalam songs do even the biggest fans remember and do listen to or hum around regularly?
    – do you really think, say in 2018, people are going to condemn the then current music and reminisce the ‘good old days’ of Shava Shava? Don’t scare me like that
    – do we actually have to keep blindly copying what the Tamil or Bollywood industry is doing? Can’t someone just put the extra effort to actually do something of their own?

  7. If if one looked at the 80s, there were bad films then too.
    Mammootty had like 39 releases in 1987 or so, Among that how many of them are good?

    There were a few good filmmakers at that time that made good cinema.
    That’s true, but that’s about it.

    Overall the situation has been quite similar, in terms of the amount of mediocre films being churned out. Except for the fact that we don’t have those “few good filmmakers” now.

    During the 70s and 80s good films had a sizable audience, hence they were commercial successes. Nowadays, its more riskier for a producer to do such a film.

  8. Ofcourse having just films from one certain genre – Sathyan Anthikad or Sreenivasan type social films – and calling them a good film alone isn’t right either.

  9. “Guys, cultural taste vary with time. Accept that and move on.”

    That’s true.
    I believe the audience have a major impact on the type of films
    being released. Genres that they like most are repeatedly released again and again. And what disinterest them isn’t released.

    So all the blame can’t just go towards the filmmakers and stars.

    There is an economics behind it- its all supply and demand.

  10. Well if you are interested here is a scene from an underrated film
    Madhupal’s “Thalappavu”

  11. I dont think that tastes, necessarily change all that much. The great Raveendran mash, made hit film songs from 1979 to 2006.. From Tharake Mizhiyithalil in choola to Gange from vadakkumnathan..So, I think its not a matter of tastes changing, although that is a factor, as much as it has to do with the ability of the music director and lyricist.

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